COVID-19

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Trinity College is following all advice from the Australian and Victorian governments in relation to COVID-19. 

At Trinity, we are acutely aware of the impact an outbreak of COVID-19 may pose to the unique residential and educational environment we provide at Trinity. Therefore, we are acting with an abundance of caution to do all that we can to safeguard our staff and students.

There are currently College COVIDSafe guidelines in place, which cover each of our three divisions: Pathways School, Residential College and Theological School.

Like so many other businesses, the government regulations as a result of the pandemic have had a significant impact on Trinity College. Some things, however, have remained the same – the community, the friendships and the student support provided by Trinity. During this challenging time these things are so important. Trinity will continue to operate, albeit in a different capacity, so long as it is deemed safe to do so, because we provide an essential service to our students.

What is Trinity College doing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Trinity is constantly monitoring advice from the Australian and Victorian health departments and other health authorities and will continue to respond accordingly. Trinity also has a COVID-19 Response Plan which outlines the College's procedures and policies which are in line with current government regulations. 

We are communicating directly with students and others as the situation changes. 

Trinity remains steadfast in its commitment to the personal and academic growth of our students. As such, our programs across the three divisions are focused on supporting students to navigate an online learning experience and our pastoral care will continue to support the emotional health and wellbeing of students.

Current status 

We’ve been incredibly fortunate thus far to have been able to keep COVID-19 out of the College. It is challenging, but we are steadfast in our determination to preserve our healthy environment.

For further measures and specific detail regarding Trinity’s Residential College, Pathways School and Theological School, please see below.

How can I minimise my chance of contracting an infectious illness?

Good hygiene practices are essential to help reduce the spread of infectious disease. In line with advice from health authorities, we recommend:

  • Regular hand washing with soap and warm water before and after eating, after going to the toilet and when re-entering your home 
  • covering coughs and sneezes, disposing of used tissues, and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • wearing your mask properly – ensuring it covers both your mouth and nose
  • if unwell, avoiding contact with others and staying at home.

Where to get medical help

Anyone who is presenting with even the mildest of COVID-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, fever, dry cough, fatigue) should get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate until you receive a negative result. There are many test locations around Melbourne. Tests are free for everyone, including non-residents. 

Or, seek advice from a GP (unless it is an emergency, in which case you should call 000). Please call ahead to let the medical facility know your symptoms and follow their advice. 

Useful numbers

  • National COVID-19 hotline: 1800 020 080
  • Unimelb Health Service: 03 8344 6904
  • After hours GP: 13 74 25
  • 24/7 free nurse on call: 1300 606 024
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital is also close to Trinity at 300 Grattan St (corner of Royal Parade), Parkville

Trinity staff and students who are feeling ill should not return to College until given clearance to do so by a medical professional. 

Advice for Pathways School current onshore students, staff & parents

Students are regularly sent emails with any new information, including class structure and examination periods. Students are advised to regularly check their Trinity email account.

How is Trinity supporting the safety and wellbeing of all students, including implementing physical distancing recommendations? 

It is important that we’re not complacent. Trinity is staying focused and following the existing protocols that are in place to ensure we continue to keep our students safe and well.

Workplaces

We will continue to maintain social distancing for when students and staff are onsite. 

We strongly recommend staff and students continue to carry a face mask at all times.

Students who are on-campus must follow these steps to ensure their safety when they are able to attend campus:

  • Scan the QR code when entering the school. The accuracy and availability of this data will assist in contact tracing in the event of a suspected confirmed case
  • maintain social distancing of 1.5m
  • maintain good hygiene practices including regular hand-washing
  • Pathways will continue thorough cleaning regimes of classrooms and facilities.

We continue to follow our COVIDSafe guidelines* which will be updated to reflect any new information.

*All Schools in Victoria must have the relevant plan available upon request from DHHS appointed officials.

What to do if you're feeling unwell

Symptoms such as fever, tiredness, a runny nose or sore throat may indicate COVID-19. Given the current situation, these symptoms need to be taken seriously. Students must get tested if they experience any of these symptoms. COVID-19 testing is free, even to those without a Medicare card. Here is a list of COVID-19 testing sites.

Once tested, you must immediately isolate until you receive a negative test result (indicating you do not have COVID-19). 

Anyone who is feeling ill (and has received a negative COVID-19 test result) should seek advice from a GP (doctor). If it is an emergency, call 000. Please call ahead to let the medical facility know your symptoms and follow their advice.

Useful contacts

Here are some useful numbers, or ask a staff member if you are unsure who to call:

  • Unimelb Health Service: 03 8344 6904
  • After hours GP: 13 74 25
  • 24/7 free nurse on call: 1300 606 024
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital is also close to Trinity at 300 Grattan St (corner of Royal Parade)
  • Trinity College nurse: pathwaynurses@trinity.unimelb.edu.au
  • Trinity College student wellbeing team: wellbeing@trinity.unimelb.edu.au

If a case of COVID-19 does present at Trinity College, isolation procedures will be put in place. Rest assured, Trinity College will support you during this process. Our wellbeing team is also here to look after your physical and emotional health any time you need support.

Advice for Residential College students, staff & parents

The below information relates to Trinity's COVIDSafe procedures as at July 2021. 

Students and residential staff are expected to follow any restrictions set by the Victorian Government, in addition to the to protect our community. 

Health and wellbeing 

Together, the Residential Support Team (RST), the TCAC leadership team, RAs and SCs will assist any student if they are ill or have any health concerns, either physically or emotionally. 

If a student falls ill, we will ask them to make arrangements for accommodation away from the College, such as returning home. However, for others, travelling home will not be a viable option. Trinity is home! If this is the case, rest assured that we will look after them.

Assistance 

The College will assist students with: 

·       isolation, if required, for those who fall ill in this early phase. Isolation measures will be constantly reviewed and adapted as appropriate; 

·       information and medical services support; 

·       mental health and wellbeing support via our pastoral care structure; 

·       communication with relevant university course authorities and loved ones if needed. 

Hygiene 

Students experiencing any flu-like symptoms have been asked not to enter common areas or the dining hall. Students and staff who become unwell are being asked to self-isolate and contact the appropriate support (RST, RAs, SCs) at the College to register for assistance if needed. 

Additional measures being implemented immediately are listed below.  

·       Additional hand sanitisers have been placed around the College including at the dining hall and café entry points.  

·       Communal toilets will be cleaned regularly, and more frequently, during the day.   

·       Increased cleaning of communal areas.  

·       Reception surfaces will be wiped down with sanitiser regularly during reception hours. 

·      Isolation areas have been designated and protocols are in place should they be required. 

Risk levels 

If risk levels are raised, the College may enact other actions including: 

·       University online course material will increase, and the College academic support program will assist students to keep abreast of their studies 

·       All food service will move to staff service

·       Mealtimes will be extended, and corridors allocated a time for service to reduce the number of students in the dining hall at any one time and to increase social distancing. 

What happens if a case of COVID-19 presents at Trinity College?

We have action plans in place, should the situation escalate, including isolation procedures to ensure the virus is contained if a case presents within our community. 

We need to remember that people with symptoms such as: fever, tiredness, a runny nose or sore throat may not necessarily have illness caused by COVID-19. However, in light of the current situation, signs and symptoms of illness must be taken seriously and anyone presenting with these symptoms will be asked to seek medical attention and get tested.

Student health and wellbeing is at the forefront of everything we do, so rest assured, we will inform and support students throughout this process.

Advice for Theological School students & staff

Trinity Theological School and University of Divinity students are well-placed to continue their education, while avoiding the spread and contraction of COVID-19. Our staff are well-practiced in delivering classes in an online format (a portion of our students are online-only). 

Please, if you are feeling unwell and are showing symptoms such as runny nose, fever, aches etc, please get tested and isolate until you receive a negative test result.

Do not attend Church services, and try to avoid contact with others. 

If symptoms persist or worsen, seek medical attention ASAP. Here are some useful numbers if you should fall unwell:

  • After hours GP: 13 74 25
  • 24/7 free nurse on call: 1300 606 024
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital is also close to Trinity at 300 Grattan St (corner of Royal Parade)

Trinity Contacts

Pathways School students and parents
academicadmin@trinity.unimelb.edu.au

Residential College students and parents
residentialcollege@trinity.unimelb.edu.au

Theological School students
tcts@trinity.edu.au   


See updates from the University of Melbourne on COVID-19.